Practical Application

A Prayer of Affection

Matthew 6:9 How many times have those two words escaped your lips over the years of your own Christian experience? Hundreds? Thousands? They have become so familiar that they are often rushed through and skipped over in our quest to get to the more direct requests of this model prayer —“Give us…forgive us…deliver us.” But […]

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Franklin Graham: The Light of Christ Shines in a Dark World

The world into which Jesus was born 2,000 years ago was a troubled one. Joseph and Mary’s 100-mile journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem to register for a census was due to an empire-wide decree issued by Caesar Augustus. The imperial edict was primarily for the purpose of taxation, which imposed an enormous burden on the […]

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Recovery Church Movement Brings Freedom

As we light the candles of Advent I must tell you about a wonderful way the light of Christ powerfully pierces the darkness of drug and alcohol addiction. Meet Recovery Church (www.recovery.church), a ministry for people in recovery by people in recovery. Founded and led by Palm Beach Atlantic University alumnus Phil Dvorak, this ministry […]

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Know Thy City: Steps to Effective Urban Ministry

You’re the God of this City You’re the King of these people You’re the Lord of this nation You are You’re the Light in this darkness You’re the Hope to the hopeless You’re the Peace to the restless You are There is no one like our God For greater things have yet to come And […]

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My Word!

“We must not promise what we ought not, lest we be called on to perform what we cannot” is a quote from a speech given by Abraham Lincoln on May 29, 1856. In it, we are reminded that we should walk the walk when we talk the talk. Our sixteenth president was characterized by his […]

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Counter-Cultural Christianity

Ephesians 2:8–10 These days, we find the Christian faith on a collision course with the world system. This has become increasingly apparent with the reactions to our evangelistic efforts or our efforts to protect the lives of the most vulnerable. These efforts, firmly rooted in Scripture, have met incredible opposition not only from the secularists […]

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My Shadow

Have you ever experienced a situation that was so far out of your comfort zone that you thought perhaps you were crazy? In addition, was this experience by choice?  Had you been advised by someone you respect to move forward, take the next step, be bold?   Diving in I remember, years ago, getting my […]

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Repent. Reorient. Reimagine.

I was recently asked, “If you could do anything to help the American Church in the next season what would it be?” My answer not only surprised my fellow pastor friend, but it surprised me. I spend a lot of my time thinking about the people of God – the Church. I believe they are […]

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God’s Handprint

God “sees you, hears you, knows you, and loves you.” These became familiar phrases our children would say as we tucked them into bed, phrases that came from our daughter Lilianne’s favorite book, Be Still, (by Kathryn O’Brien, a meditation on Psalm 46:10). Before our Lilianne went to live with the Lord she had repeated […]

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